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Collection from James McKissic donated to UAPB


PINE BLUFF — Dr. Josephine Bell, Professor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) recently made a donation to the Department of Music on behalf of James McKissic, internationally known pianist and 1962 graduate of AM&N (now UAPB).

A collection included hundreds of CDs, audio tapes and books from McKissic’s music library accumulated over a period of 40 years was given to Dr. Josephine Bell, former chairperson and professor of the Music Department. She decided to donate the vast collection honor of Mr. McKissic.

“The voluminous collection of symphonies, concertos, sonatas and more by many of the great master composers such as Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Bach,” said Dr. Bell. “[This collection] will serve as a tremendous resource to all students in their appreciation of music, music history and theory courses.” A gifted concert pianist and native Arkansan, McKissic has performed concerts in Switzerland, France, Kenya, England, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Maroc, Holland, Bangkok, Germany, Belgium, Italy and the U.S. He made his New York debut in Carnegie Hall in February, 1986, and has played in Carnegie Hall 29 times***, which led to a film about his life entitled, How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? (Sandy Northrop Productions). The collection is currently housed in the music library of the Music Department where Dr. Michael Bates currently serves as interim chair. For more information, call (870)575-7001.

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